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56                       THE FATE OF MAN

dehumanizing process now going on in the
world, expressed with great artistic talent. Huxley
pictures a varied human world, but a world in
disintegration, where the true image of man is
hard to discover. Compare the modern novelist
with Dickens, for example. The distance novels
have travelled since then is surprising—it is as
though some cosmic catastrophe had taken place.
In Dickens we find a richly varied human world,
a world of truly human types and images, tremen-
dous power and great creative imagination* Man
is still himself, he retains his own image, even
when he is comic or really bad- In the genial
Pickwick Club, which has in it somewhat of
Cervantes, the purely human world is still intact,,
man's true image remains. The same surprising
difference is observed in comparing the modern
novel with those of Balzac or Leo Tolstoy. In
Tolstoy we find a strong element of the cosmic,
but the integral and varied world of humanity,
not yet decomposed, is still preserved in the
midst of cosmic forces and elements. Nothing
of the sort can be discovered in the novels of
to-day, although the modern novels contain much
of perfect truth about man and what is happening
to him in the present age.

The process of dehumanization is evident in
modern science as well, in the sense that science
reveals phases of natural life which are not con-